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ibm lenovo t61 - keys popped off keyboard

i have an almost new t61.   I dropped an empty storage box on it and four keys popped off; shift, f, g, j.

i can see that you can't just snap them back on - that there's a trick.  my question is whether this can be done, or whether i should just get a new keyboard.  if it can be done, is there a video?
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If you look at the bottom of the actual keys that popped off, you can compare them to see if they look broken.

If they do not appear broken, you should be able to wiggle push them to get them to snap back into place.
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to clarify, on step 5) I mean the far outer edge of the whole trackpad plastic panel, good video on souseran's link for this.
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WireDNet-  thanks for the photo.  My keys are different, unfortunately.  Wondering if a photo from me would help.  

Souseran- I need instruction/video on reassembling a single key and reinstalling it.  

The key has a grey and white plastic "levers"/springs.    

I was able to get three of the keys back on.  Unfortunately, the plastic "spring" under the key (grey and white) came out.   So I have to reassemble the key before replacing it.
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Sure, you can post a photo, but what you might want to try, is to remove one of the keys caps of of one of the keys next to the one that came apart so that you can use it as a type of comparison to see where those tiny parts go.

The first thing I'd look closely at is if they small parts are damaged. If those small parts were damaged, then Pina's solution will be a good choice to pickup another keyboard cheap as I do not think you're going to be able to order those small parts.
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-IBM-Keyboard-T60-T61-R60-R61-Z60-R400-T400-T500-/180603850814?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item2a0cd4103e
that would be your keyboard if you need to buy a new one, hope you can fix it otherwise, but was easiest for me to change it, since one of my keys broke too.
Thank you for all the help. As it turns out, my computer is still under warranty.  They overnighted me a brand new keyboard!